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Technology Offered for the Competition
For the competition, Microsoft will make available 5 sets of Microsoft Kinect Sensors (for windows) for 5 separate teams to demonstrate their solutions.
Kinect is Microsoft’s motion sensor add-on for the Xbox 360 gaming console. The device provides a natural user interface (NUI) that allows users to interact intuitively and without any intermediary device, such as a controller. Inside the sensor case, a Kinect for Windows sensor contains:
An RGB camera that stores three channel data in a 1280×960 resolution. This makes capturing a color image possible.
An infrared (IR) emitter and an IR depth sensor. The emitter emits infrared light beams and the depth sensor reads the IR beams reflected back to the sensor. The reflected beams are converted into depth information measuring the distance between an object and the sensor. This makes capturing a depth image possible.
A multi-array microphone, which contains four microphones for capturing sound. Because there are four microphones, it is possible to record audio as well as find the location of the sound source and the direction of the audio wave.
A 3-axis accelerometer configured for a 2G range, where G is the acceleration due to gravity. It is possible to use the accelerometer to determine the current orientation of the Kinect.
For competing teams to loan the equipment, more information will be provided closer to Phase 2.